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Snake-handling preacher dies in Kentucky after being bit by snake

Published on Feb 17, 2014 6:07 AM

NASHVILLE (REUTERS) - A Kentucky snake-handling preacher who appeared in a television show about the religious practice died of a snakebite after refusing medical treatment, authorities said on Sunday.

Jamie Coots was found dead at about 10pm EST on Saturday (11am Singapore time on Sunday) at his house in Middlesboro, Kentucky, according to Middlesboro Police chief Jeff Sharpe.

Emergency personnel had gone to his home about 90 minutes earlier after getting a call, police said.

They found Coots suffering from a snakebite wound to his right hand, Mr Sharpe said in a statement.

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